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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Inspire to Be Higher
I have been a part of the massage therapy profession for 24 years. Like most therapists, I entered the profession because I find joy in helping others feel good about themselves. Consequently, massage therapists often succumb to the demands of caring for everyone else and neglect taking care of themselves. My goal is to inspire you, the massage therapist, to reach higher than that.
One of the most important choices an individual must make in their life is to take complete responsibility for their own well-being. It's the core of developing high self-esteem and strong self-worth. You can't hold yourself in high regard if you don't take care of yourself. If your time is so consumed with the care of others that you become exhausted, sick, injured or burned out, what message do you ultimately send to your clients? Most therapists learn the importance of teaching their clients to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit. However, are they inspired enough to live that lifestyle for themselves?
Therapists tend to sleep less than the recommended eight hours their bodies need to re-energize each night. They disregard their nutritional needs and avoid the proper amounts of stretch and exercise needed to stay strong enough to do the job. In general, they work too hard and play too little. I encourage you to self-evaluate and take a long look in the mirror. If you see a healthy, energized and stimulated individual looking back at you - great! If you don't see something you are happy with, don't be discouraged - get inspired! Begin by doing small things for yourself; things that not only make your body and mind feel better, but raise you higher and build your self-esteem and self-worth.
"Where and how do I start?" might be the question running through your mind right now. Start at the beginning. Be kind to your body and begin a self-care program. This is not something that has to be fancy or expensive. Get more rest, drink water and add a more balanced diet including fruits and vegetables. Take time to walk outside and enjoy the fresh air.
As massage therapists, we need to target specific muscles to stay healthy and active, and prevent injuries. If we neglect to do this, we run the risk of ending our careers much sooner than needed. The abdominal and lower back muscles always are a good place to start, as they are largely over-used in this profession.
Unless you have a medical condition that would contraindicate such exercise, I recommend an exercise ball. This is a great tool to assist in doing crunches and keeping the core muscle groups strong. Some therapists like to replace their chair with a ball to sit on because it makes you use your core muscles without even thinking about them. I stretch my back using the exercise ball by laying on it and gently rocking myself back and forth.
For the mid-back, I like to stretch the pectoral muscles in three planes. Place arms straight out in front of you, palms together at chest level. Bring the arms behind you as far as is comfortable. Then repeat the stretch at a 45-degree angle above your shoulders and then at a 45-degree angle down by your waist. I like to use an exercise band to strengthen my trapezius and rhomboids by holding the band in front of me and contracting my muscles, bringing my shoulders toward my spine.
Remember, if you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, don't feel bad - get inspired. Become higher in body, mind and spirit.
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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